Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero. (via Goodreads)
I received a physical ARC from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.
I really wanted to love this book. I adore the author as a person, and had really high hopes for 27 Hours, which so many people crowed about as being fantastic in early reviews. Unfortunately, a lot of aspects fell flat for me, and one aspect in particular stood out to me.
A fellow reader, Aimal, wrote about her thoughts in her review, particularly in regards to colonialism, which this book deals with in spades, and race, which this book doesn’t really deal with at all. I highly suggest you read her review here, because I can’t quote the most important parts. They’re all important, and things that I as a white reviewer shouldn’t really speak to.
This book’s strongest points were its characters. Each of them felt pretty well fleshed out to me, having their own agency and reasons for doing what they did, which was awesome. However, there were a ton of them, which made the book feel a little bit unfocused.
While some others felt that Braeden’s representation as an asexual was stereotypical, but honestly, I really liked his representation. It felt honest to me – especially, since all of his allosexual friends were very very talkative about their sex needs. It made sense that he was trying to figure out his own way to romance people without that. It’s honestly something that I’ve struggled with in my own romance life. However, read it as you will, because sexuality and romanticism is really hard to figure out, and we all feel differently about things.
It’s weakest point was absolutely its worldbuilding, and that was what truly made this book a ‘meh’ read for me. One thing that I usually love about science fiction, particularly second world, is the way that it brings our world into a new one, and tells us about how we got there. This book failed to really do that.
We know these people are in colonies on the moon and have been there for a while. But I have no idea how they got there, what the ships falling actually meant to the world, and what the hell scientists thought it was a good idea to flood tunnels without looking to see if anything was living there. Like, I needed way more information than I got, and it really bugged me.
In the end, I can’t say that I really recommend this book. I’ll be attending the launch on the evening that this post goes public. I love the author as a person and would probably pick up another book by her, but this one didn’t wow me.